2003 Saturn Vue
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Watch out for the CVT

by from Michigan on August 13, 2009

I bought my Vue off lease. It drove extremely well until the CVT gave out at 70k miles. Thank God for extended warranties. The replacement ran $4,800 at a Saturn dealer. Stay away from the CVT!!
I bought my Vue off lease. It drove extremely well until the CVT gave out at 70k miles. Thank God for extended warranties. The replacement ran $4,800 at a Saturn dealer. Stay away from the CVT!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Great ride!

by from Gainesville, Florida on May 28, 2009

I own an '03 Vue with a V6 engine and am very pleased with it. I've managed to convince a few of my friends to buy one, and they love theirs, too! I saw a commenter on here (Beach Comber)setting the ...
I own an '03 Vue with a V6 engine and am very pleased with it. I've managed to convince a few of my friends to buy one, and they love theirs, too! I saw a commenter on here (Beach Comber)setting the record straight about transmissions. The info. that was provided is exactly what my Saturn salesman told us when we purchased our Vue. He encouraged us to buy a V6 because of the problems some customers have had with their 4 cyl VTi. The 6 cyl engines are quite reliable and are rated well. Whatever the problem with the 4 cyl Vti, it is unique to that engine. Saturn Vues with V6 engines are wonderful cars! I'm planning to drive mine for years to come.
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Does recommend this car

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03 VUE, 4 cylinder 5 speed

by from somewhere outside US on February 23, 2010

I bought my 2003 Saturn VUE, used, from a particular owner and I love it so far. It has a 5 speed manual transmision and the 2.2l engine. It´s not as powerful as some competition but is enough for me....
I bought my 2003 Saturn VUE, used, from a particular owner and I love it so far. It has a 5 speed manual transmision and the 2.2l engine. It´s not as powerful as some competition but is enough for me. I also get 25mpg on city which is even better than my previous 4 cylinder car. My black Vue has 94000 miles and still has not gone through major repairs. I was going to buy a 4 cylinder Vue with the VTi but I regretted and I chose the 5spd. I´m happy with my decision, it still does have good features, mine even has curtain airbags and Traction control. So far it has been a bargain
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Got CVT? Run run away don't look back

by from Minnesota on April 6, 2011

If it has the CVT transmission, run away from it. I thinked the car, but that transmission is trouble. No deal is worth a trans that is guarenteed to go bad and cost close to 6k. And it will go bad ag...
If it has the CVT transmission, run away from it. I thinked the car, but that transmission is trouble. No deal is worth a trans that is guarenteed to go bad and cost close to 6k. And it will go bad again and again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Car's transmission died 2 weeks after I bought

by from Staunton, VA on August 18, 2013

I recently bought a 2003 Saturn Vue (3.0 liter AWD model) and the transmission completely crapped out in just under 2 weeks. Car ran beautifully until and then BAM suddenly the car stopped wanting to ...
I recently bought a 2003 Saturn Vue (3.0 liter AWD model) and the transmission completely crapped out in just under 2 weeks. Car ran beautifully until and then BAM suddenly the car stopped wanting to shift gears and was revving bad. Repair cost is around $4000!! I only paid $4800 for the frickin car!!! Avoid the Vue's like the plague. Research, research, research is all I can say. Apparently the vue's are notorious for transmission problems even at low mileage. Oh, and if you're wondering mine only had 97500 on it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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GREAT gas mileage for an SUV!!!

by from Bismarck, ND on April 4, 2013

I bought my Saturn Vue because we know we want to "add to our family" some day... Well I pictured myself trying to haul diapers, wipes, diaper bags, portable cribs or take-along baby swings in a littl...
I bought my Saturn Vue because we know we want to "add to our family" some day... Well I pictured myself trying to haul diapers, wipes, diaper bags, portable cribs or take-along baby swings in a little 4 door car with a closed in trunk.... Aaaaaannnnnd that didn't work so well for me. So I started researching the Saturn Vue and learned that the ones with a 2.2 engine get almost 25 mpg in town and almost 30 MPG on the highway! WOW! And it really does! Why settle for a little car that is going to leave us cramped for space when this SUV has it all and more??? It is very fun to drive and I got lucky and found one in "burnt orange" color --- looks awesome! I have only owned my Saturn for about a month and it was about 128,000 miles on it, manual transmission. I have not had any problems with the transmission and it shifts very nicely. The stereo system isn't exactly one you would crank up and roll down the windows.... But I am a mom, I don't need a concert stereo system in my car. Mine is a base model, so I don't have the heated leather seats and what not, but the nice thing about having cloth seats is -- they're not cold when you get in the car anyway! My only complaint that I really have, is that it is kind of a pain in the butt to unlock it. Almost every time I put the key into the door to open it, I have to wiggle the key back and forth and it doesn't want to open. So I bought a $36 unlock remote to get installed in it. Can't wait. And even though Saturn is no longer making cars, we can still get car parts from GM. If you don't want to drive a small car and be cramped for space, but can't afford an SUV that barely gets 8 mpg, then this is a great car! I am very happy with it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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6 of one, half a dozen of the other

by from Louisville KY on February 21, 2011

Our Vue has a lot going for it. It's a 4 cylinder, 5-speed FWD. I've found the engine to be up to the task with decent acceleration from a stop and better than decent when accelerating above interstat...
Our Vue has a lot going for it. It's a 4 cylinder, 5-speed FWD. I've found the engine to be up to the task with decent acceleration from a stop and better than decent when accelerating above interstate cruising speed. The interior is attractive and comfortable and it can carry quite a bit with the rear seats down. The mileage, 25/30, is remarkable for a high profile vehicle. But here's the deal. Both front wheel bearings failed at 59,000. A Saturn dealer replaced them ($800). The replacements failed at 99,000 (another $650 at an independent garage) and the computer failed at 102,000 ($900 at the dealer - no choice but to use the dealer). Computers do fail, OK; but I've taken Japanese vehicles to as high as 220,000 miles without ever replacing the bearings. This was my reward for making the effort to buy American.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Very Good SUV

by from los angeles , ca on February 2, 2012

THIS IS A VERY GOOD SUV , I never had any problem , is very good on gas economy I have the 4 cylinder awd and have owned it for almost 3 years now. I put over 30k on it and still have had no problems ...
THIS IS A VERY GOOD SUV , I never had any problem , is very good on gas economy I have the 4 cylinder awd and have owned it for almost 3 years now. I put over 30k on it and still have had no problems what so ever. It has over 65k now and it's still running strong and still looks great too! It's fun to drive and very peppy."
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It's a great little SUV

by from Everett, Wa on March 26, 2008

I am surprised to read about the trouble the other reviewers had. Yes, it is true, that if you need work done on this vehicle (with its unusual engine and transmission) you need to find a Saturn deale...
I am surprised to read about the trouble the other reviewers had. Yes, it is true, that if you need work done on this vehicle (with its unusual engine and transmission) you need to find a Saturn dealer - and in rural areas they might be hard to find, but my wife drove this vehicle across the country (from Texas to the West Coast and back) several times, and only gotten "stuck" once when the then 3 year old battary died. A quick visit to a local Sears for a new battary got her back on the road. The few trouble we did have were cheerfully handled by the dealer under the extended warantee. This car IS NOT a BWM, it's a small truck, and rides like a small truck, but the ride is much more comfy then other small SUVs. The only reason we are selling this vehicle is that we now have a need for a six (or seven) passanger vehicle so we can take the grand-kids places.... My advice to anyone looking to buy this car is be very careful as far as examening the repair records for the car. Saturn has all their repair records from all their dealership in one centrelized database, so it should be relatively easy to check if the vehicle has been cared for, and what repairs it has had.
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It's worth the money

by from Ft. Myers on January 20, 2011

Excelent car, economic, very reliable, has all you need for your family and needs, spaceous and nice design.
Excelent car, economic, very reliable, has all you need for your family and needs, spaceous and nice design.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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